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Airline pilots make surprisingly good wine. Their appreciation of the sciences, a respect for the weather and a bird's eye view of the land, all invaluable to the winemaker's art. John Ellis would take every opportune weekend away from his regular New York Paris route, to pursue a passion for viticulture. He planted the first commercial Cabernet Merlot vines in the Hamptons and found time between trans atlantic flights to work vintages amongst the Grand Cru vineyards of La Bourgogne. Ellis ultimately made the great lifelong sea change in favour of our land downunder. He settled on a farmstead outside Leongatha, amongst the slow ripening pastures of Gippsland.. Placing pinot amongst the pastures»
Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the.. A better block on hay shed hill»
Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by.. Satiations from the nethermost regions»
Discovered by Dr Bertel Sundstrup in 1987, after a long search for the perfect site, the amphitheatre known as Dalrymple is a mere twelve hectares of sun drenched bucolic idyll, at the very heart of superior viticulture on the beauteous Apple Isle. This is Piper's Brook central, a place of auspicious winegrowing climes, long hours of sunlight and extended ripening seasons, which yield fruit of remarkable succulence, gracious acids and satin tannins. Dalrymple are a small, unincorporated winegrowing concern, whose accord with the elements and devotion to the land, are best articulated by the leisured pursuits of their chief vigneron, whose favourite pastimes.. The verdant nook on pipers brook»

Penfolds Max Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz South Australia
Penfold's inviolably high standards of quality have achieved international acclaim for a distinguished lineage of famous winemakers and memorable vintages. Drawing fruit from the finest vineyards, Penfolds fashion a deeply flavoursome yet forward drinking Shiraz that's in fine form. Max Schubert’s constant pursuit of excellence paved the way for all the eminent Penfold winemakers who followed in his footsteps. A contemporary rendering of the timeless Penfold style, Max is a fruit driven wine, delicately framed by background oak, generous in flavour and refined.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$179.50
One of the top winemaking estates in the world in terms of quality, brand awareness and product range, the consistency in the quality of Penfolds is recognised worldwide. Penfold are predominantly a South Australian winemaker, sourcing Shiraz from their own prestigious vineyards and the pick of independent growers, many of whose families have supplied grapes to the Penfold company for generations, including distinguished member families of the elite Penfolds Grange Growers Club. Designed as an early drinking Shiraz, the ferments are filled to a selection of seasoned American oak barrels for a year's maturation.
Vibrant ruby red. Vanilla custard nd sweet spice combine, nutmeg and cinnamon, ginger and pastille. A palate of ripe juiciness, black cherries and blood, Tiramisu creaminess, the coffee, dark and milk chocolate complexities of American oak. Italian spice and tannins appear, a silky seamlessness and palate expansion, the flesh and meatyness of plum resove an a polished, gloss and sheen finish.
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